By: Edgardo R. San Juan, MD - RMCCPC President

On January 26, 2018, the officers of the new Rizal Medical Center Chaplaincy Pastoral Council (RMCCPC), consisting of Chairpersons of different Committees and members of its sub-committees, had participated in the first activity of the Education Committee for the year 2018. It has been actively participated by the President, Dr. Edgardo R. San Juan, the VP, Dr. Louise Marie D. Flores, the Hospital Chaplain, Fr. Edgar M. Dolina, the Secretary, Ms. Violeta I. Serrano, the Treasurer, Ms. Isabel C. Reyes and the different Chairpersons of the Committees: Dr. Edilinda Garcia-Patac, Education; Dr. Ofelia Ibarrientos, Service; Ms. Fe B. Villanueva, Worship & Liturgy; Ms. Kit C. Acena, Temporalities & Finance; Atty. Rhea Julian, Ethics & By-Laws; Mr. Gian Carlo B. Leoncio, Membership; and all the members of the sub-committees with two (2) guests from the hospital chapel. Our departure from the Rizal Med was at 5:35 a.m. This trip was very organized as instructions about the excursion were first given by Dr. Patac, the Chairperson of the Education Committee and Mr. Brylle Zamora, a member of the same committee. Distribution of food and water to the excursion participants then took place followed by the praying of the rosary. It was a very exquisite pilgrimage as this act of religious devotion was under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.


The first destination was the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church “Monastery” on Antipolo Rd. in Lipa, Batangas.  The Mediatrix of All-Graces was a Marian apparition that took place in the Carmelite Monastery of Lipa, Batangas, to former Carmelite postulant, Teresita Castillo. The apparition is known in the Philippines for the rose petals which fell within the vicinity of the monastery.



The second destination was not originally included in the itinerary as we were just informed by Fr. Edgar about it. We were told that there is a Parish Church for Mary Mediatrix of all Graces which is different from the Monastery. It was quite fortunate for our group that we were able to get to that church which we found out was built on April 19, 2009. It is actually located at the back of the monastery.


The next church the group visited was the Lipa Cathedral on G. Solis St., Lipa known as San Sebastian Church. The Lipa Cathedral is one of the most beautiful places of worship in the country with its beautiful artistic paintings on the walls and on the ceilings.


The last destination was the Shrine of Padre Pio and the group really enjoyed the divinity of the place. What made this church interesting is its open-air design. There was a concelebrated mass at 2:00 p.m. with the Parish Priest and the Guests Priests (Fr. Edgar Dolina and the foreigner Priest). It was on Dec 3, 2006 that the first church structure of St. Padre Pio Shrine was established.


Padre Pio is a very huge place standing on 1.6 hectares of land. There is a Holy Water Sanctuary located at the back of the church where everyone is allowed to fill up their bottles or containers with holy water for their sick relatives and friends.

This kind of pilgrimage will definitely be a yearly activity for the RMCCPC as it helps RMCCPC’s members refresh their connection with God.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank, the Medical Center Chief of Rizal Med., Dr. RELITO M. SAQUILAYAN, for allowing this pilgrimage to happen and for his full support of RIZAL MEDICAL CENTER CHAPLAINCY PASTORAL COUNCIL’s endeavors.

 By: Carmela S. Obayan, RN

           At one point in our lives, we became fanatics of anime and comics and we would later on reminisce occasionally on the times that we became addicted to the world of these fictional characters. These childhood memories, then, became the source of inspiration for the theme of the Nursing Division’s 2017 Christmas Party. The Division brought all of its personnel back to their childhood days when it celebrated its Christmas Party last December 20, 2017 with the theme, “Nursing Division Goes Comicon.”


Our nursing personnel in their colorful costumes posed with the kids who were invited to join the Christmas Party.

           With the leadership of Dr. Louise Marie D. Flores (Chief Nursing Officer) and Mr. Samuel O. Raymundo (Overall Chairperson of the Event), all of the personnel enjoyed the comic and anime world for a day. All of the staff members from the clinical and specialty areas were in their best costumes to portray the anime or comic characters they had chosen. The highlight of the event was the presentations of the 9 groups from the different clinical and specialty areas of Rizal Med. The champion of the competition was the group whose members came from the IMCU, Surgery 2 and Recovery Room. They wore costumes to represent characters from the anime, One Piece. The group from Surgery 1 and Delivery Room that had the Voltes 5 outifits got second place. Third place was taken by Philhealth Ward, PICU and OB Main as their X-men attires captured the senses of the judges.


The Nursing Management Committee members in their Kimonas as they represented the characters in the anime, Samurai X.


The Avengers Squad from the Emergency Room, Triage and OB OR is ready for battle.      


The Champion of the presentations was the group from IMCU, Surgery II and Recovery with their One Piece (anime) costumes


The second placers got their very own robot and the whole team of Voltes Five


The X-men gang was complete as they posed for a photo after being announced that they got third place.

          The Nursing Division’s annual celebration of Christmas has never run out of style, uniqueness and talents. The generational divide did not matter during this celebration. Whether in the generation of baby boomers or the present millennials, all had travelled back in time to their childhood days as they portrayed these fictional characters from the comics and the anime kingdom!

By: Carmela S. Obayan, RN   

       Rizal Medical Center celebrated its Christmas Party at the Crowne Plaza Hotel last December 8, 2017 with the theme, “Rizal Med Goes Broadway.” All personnel were elegant in their black and white outfit. This party was significant as the institution also celebrated its 76th year with an official launch of its new logo and new hymn. What is also remarkable during the celebration were the Broadway-like performances by the four major divisions of Rizal Med. The Medical, Nursing, Finance and HOPSS Divisions with the MCC Offices presented Chicago, Grease, Lion King, and  Mama Mia, respectively. Among the four presentations, the Lion King entry performed by the Nursing Division was the most well-received that it won the competition. It was headed by Dr. Louise Marie D. Flores (Chief Nursing Officer) together with Mr. Samuel O. Raymundo (Assistant Chief Nurse, Specialty Area) and Ms. Karina Krishia A. Eustaquio (Director). The presentation was like a musical play featuring different animals of the jungle. The storyline of the Lion King was well presented and their animalistic costumes were amazing. The members of the Nursing Division put a lot of effort into the competition. All that hard work paid off as they won the heart of Dr. Relito M. Saquilayan (Medical Center Chief), the judge during the contest.

         The competition has, without a doubt, showcased the talents of all the personnel who joined the contest. This celebration also made known to us that we, the staff of Rizal Med, work hard but play harder. It showed that we also value relationships as we create a good working environment in the organization through socialization such as this particular event.


The theme of Rizal Med’s 76th Christmas Party held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The four major divisions of Rizal Med presented Grease, Mamma Mia, Lion King and Chicago as their respective entries in the competition.


The representatives of the Nursing Division posed for a photo after being declared winner of the competition.

Research is always at the forefront in the field of healthcare. In turn, creating effective medical studies has always been an integral part of residency training. Given the ever-evolving nature of clinical practice, the Medical Center knows the value of research and has always emphasized this on specialists-to-be. In medical practice, there will also come a time wherein a doctor would encounter a rare manifestation of a disease. One may observe strange symptoms not commonly seen in a particular condition. In more simple terms, the attending would be in a “diagnostic dilemma.” Case reports, in essence, would trace the steps of the attending physician in these kinds of encounters: how the disease presented itself, what were the steps leading to the diagnosis, its subsequent management and the overall prognosis. In turn, these reports would make other doctors more conscious of these conditions and promote awareness of such diseases. Spearheaded by the Training Office, realizing the importance of research papers and case reports, the Medical Center conducted its 8th Interdepartmental Research Paper and Interesting Case Report Presentation last October 24, 2017 in the Rizal Med Auditorium.

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Participants selected from the different medical departments were tasked to present their topics and case reports. The topics have been previously selected from all submitted entries by a panel of seasoned consultants who are also deeply involved in the field of research. The participants are allowed to present the key points of their study in front of guests and is followed by a series of questions from the judges. Winning papers are assessed by its impact on clinical practice, how the study was executed and how it was presented in front of the audience. This year, the ones awarded in the Research Paper Category are Bhupinder K. Girn, MD (1st Place) from the Department of Pediatrics and Carl Chester L. Go, MD (2nd Place) from the Department of Laboratory Medicine. For the Case Report Category, the winning participants include Danielle Nicole O. Dionisio-Mejia, MD (1st Place) and Therese Catherine Acero, MD (2nd Place) who are both from the Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Dermatology. Activities promoting excellence in the field, such as this, are more than likely to continue in the long run. The practice of Medicine will always find its flourish in research.

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